WCO Report for Erie County 04/22/2009: Erie area, PA,
WCO Report Posted: April 21, 2009

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Posted by DWCO Randy Leighton on April 21, 2009 at 22:15:18:

April 22nd, 2009

West Erie County, DWCO Randy Leighton, WCO Brook Tolbert


Recent rain has put some flow back in the Erie Tribs and likely put the stockies from last week on the move. The big opener last weekend was a crowded one with the weather cooperating and plenty of anglers and their families taking advantage. There are still plenty of stockies to be caught through out the tribs as well as at the Fairview Gravel Pit pond, the Waterworks Ponds at Presque Isle, and Lake pleasant. A good number of steelhead were caught this past weekend along side the stockies on upper Elk Creek....many of them very fresh. Very warm temperatures are forecast for this weekend which should begin to wind down the spring steelhead season and open the door to boating season. Spring Bass and crappie fishing is picking up as Bay temperatures slowly rise. Many area launch ramps are in and boaters are taking to the bay and even the Lake when the weather permits. As the Lake temperatures slowly warm, and it has been slow, it wont be long before the perch schools form and the migrating walleye move in from the Western Basin. Perch fishing has been fair to good along the on the City side of the Bayfront as well as off the North Pier. Current trib conditions as of this writing are flowing with good color. Current Lake Erie water temperatures are 46 degrees off Toledo, 42 degrees of Cleveland and 46 degrees off the Port of Erie.

Upcoming Erie Area Kids Derbies:
The Erie Area Sportsmen's clubs hold some of the best kids fishing derbies in the Commonwealth and always do a bang up job supporting youth fishing. These derbies are terrific events for the kids (and great entertainment for the parents) and are always well attended. This is a great introduction to fishing for the youngsters. Get there early for that "hot spot".

The Elk Valley Sportsmen's Club Annual Kids Fishing Derby will be held May 2, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the Girard Borough Pond. This event is open to kids 12 years of age and younger. To get the Girard Boro Park turn north on Route 18 in Girard. Turn left on Lake street go several blocks and turn left at the Park Entrance (Lake Street). The pond is at the bottom of the hill.

The Northwestern Sportsmen's Club Kids Fishing Derby will be held May 2, 2009 from 1:00 p.m. until 3:00 p.m. at the NW Sportsmens Club Pond, located at 8114 Route 6N West Springfield PA 16443. This fishing event is open to kids 15 years of age and younger.

The Albion Area Sportsmen's Club Kids Fishing Derby will be held May 17, 2009 from 11:00 a.m until 3:00 p.m. at Surovick's Pond, 10900 Ivarea Rd. Albion PA 16401. The event is open to kids 12 years of age and younger.

Boat Registration:
Questions always come up early in the season regarding requirements for boat registration. The following offers guidelines for registration:
Boats propelled by machinery, including electric motors, must be registered, and they must properly display numbers and a boat registration validation decal. This includes all motorboats regardless of the boat's length and type of motor.
No other number may be displayed on either side of the bow. These numbers may not be removed, altered, tampered with, or defaced except by the owner or representative. Documented vessels, as well as kayaks, sculls, sailboards, and other low-volume boats of similar design, are exempt from the display of numbers but they must display the validation decal. Inflatable boats may carry their numbers and validation decal on boards lashed to each side of the bow. Powered canoes are not exempt and must display the numbers and the decal.

Often, boaters tell us that they "just sent in their renewal" or "I have my canceled check" and is it okay to boat. The response to this is the boat is considered to be legally registered when the validation sticker is on the boat and the registration card is received and signed. A boat without a current validation sticker and numbers affixed to both sides the bow and a signed registration card are no more legal than an automobile without a current license plate sticker and signed registration card.

Unpowered boats using Commission lakes and access areas must be registered OR display a Commission use permit OR display a State Parks launch or mooring permit. Presque Isle State Park is an exception and does not require registration or a State Parks permit for unpowered boats

Boat titles are issued when a boat is sold or when ownership is conveyed. Titles are required for motorboats with a model year of 1997 and newer, except for those that are powered by an outboard motor that are less than 14 feet in length. All 1997 or newer personal watercraft, are also subject to the titling requirement. Voluntary titling is available for any other boat.

2009 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania The 2009 Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania runs from April 25th through May 2nd. For more information about local clean up efforts and how you can participate, go to The Great American Cleanup of Pennsylvania

Local Weather

Wednesday Night...Mostly cloudy. Rain showers likely in the evening...then a chance of rain and snow showers after midnight. Lows in the lower 30s. Northwest winds 10 to 15 mph. Chance of precipitation 70 percent.

Thursday...Becoming mostly sunny. Highs in the mid 50s. West winds 10 to 15 mph.

Thursday Night...Mostly clear. Lows in the upper 30s. Southwest winds 5 to 10 mph...becoming south after midnight.

Friday...Partly cloudy. Much warmer with highs in the lower 70s.

Friday Night...Partly cloudy. Not as cool with lows in the lower 50s.

Saturday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Saturday Night...Partly cloudy. Lows in the lower 50s.

Sunday...Partly cloudy. Highs in the mid 70s.

Sunday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.

Monday...Partly sunny. Highs in the lower 70s.

Monday Night...Mostly cloudy. Lows in the upper 40s.

Tuesday...Mostly cloudy with a 30 percent chance of showers. Highs in the mid 60s

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